Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah is almost here and Oxford Health is wishing all our service users and staff Hanukkah Sameach!

Happy Hanukkah

For eight nights starting on Thursday 10 December there will be celebrations for the Jewish festival also known as the “wintertime” Festival of Light.

How do we honour Hanukkah?

Each night there is a menorah lighting, which holds nine flames and each night a new candle is lit from the shamash (the attendant) which is used to kindle the eight other light. Special blessings are made before the menorah is lit and traditional songs are sung afterwards.

The tradition includes eating items that have been cooked in oil like potato pancakes and doughnuts and dairy based items.

A menorah is lit in every household – or even by each individual within the household – and placed in a doorway or window. The menorah is also lit in synagogues and other public places.

Revd Dr Guy Harrison, Head of Spiritual & Pastoral Care within the trust said, “For our Jewish colleagues we wish you all the best with the upcoming celebration.”


There are many events taking place in Oxford to commemorate the occasion including a Hanukah dinner, menorah lighting each night and a host of virtual events. These are all run by Oxford University Chabad Society. Find out more information here.

In Buckinghamshire there is a virtual event with Rabbi Janes on 15 December which is being run by Bucks County Museum. Book your place online via the link.

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Published: 9 December 2020